Joseph’s decision to play on despite bereavement shows he is a team man
WHAT a heart-warming sight it was to see Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards clapping with his hands held high and a huge smile on his face.
His beloved West Indies team had just won the second Test match at the stadium named after him in Antigua and with it the three Test match series against the ‘old boss’ England. It was as emphatic a win as any and with that the Windies may just have signalled to the cricketing world that they are back in business.
Nobody apart from the Windies players of course would have given them a chance against the England team but led from the front by Jason Holder, who has come on in leaps and bounds as a player and captain, the home team proved just too good for the visitors.
There were brilliant individual performances for sure but the one that will be remembered is that of young Alzarri Joseph whose mother passed away on the morning of the third day’s play but he still stayed on and captured crucial wickets to help Windies win the game. The gesture by the English players to wear black arm bands to show their condolences to the young West Indian was heart touching and most admirable and praiseworthy.
Today when fielders hardly ever applaud the batsman’s fifty or a hundred, Joe Root’s teams wearing those arm bands sent the right message to the youngsters watching the game. Making personal sacrifices for the team is what builds up great units and Joseph’s decision to stay on despite personal bereavement shows what man he is. a
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team There have been examples before of players carrying on despite personal tragedies like Virat Kohli carrying on playing a Ranji Trophy game despite losing his father. There is also Sachin Tendulkar who flew back to spearhead India’s campaign in the 1999 World Cup. There is Eknath Solkar who also played the day he lost his father.
These are all wonderful examples and every one of these players have shown themselves to be team men to the core. England’s pathetic batting display immediately brought out question marks against the batting coach Mark Ramprakash by some in the Brit media. Mind you nobody questioned the England bowling coach as to how on a pitch where the Windies dismissed England for paltry scores in both innings the West Indies batsmen scored over 400 runs.
Hardly surprising since Ramprakash is not a natural Englishman. Nobody has questioned Trevor Bayliss the coach for England’s failure and so the scapegoat seems to be Ramprakash.
WI pacer Alzarri Joseph during Day Three of the second Test against England in Antigua recently.